Estate Jewelry Event

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Our Estate Jewelry Event

Estate Jewelry Event

We are thrilled to welcome an Estate Jewelry professional for 2 days with her collections of Victorian, Art Deco, Contemporary and more period jewelry. Exotic gems and signed pieces will also be part of this visit. Come see these completely unique treasures!

Friday, March 15

10:00am – 5:30pm

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Saturday, March 16

10:00am – 4:00pm

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A Timeline of Jewelry Design Eras from
the Georgian Era to Present:

Gregorian Jewelry

Georgian Era (1714-1837)

  • Early Georgian (Georgian Baroque) Period (1714-1760): Jewelry featured intricate metalwork, with designs inspired by nature, including flowers, leaves, and animals.  Gemstones like diamonds, pearls, and colored gemstones were commonly used.
  • Mid-Georgian (Georgian Rococo) Period (1760-1780): Jewelry designs became more ornate, incorporating motifs like ribbons, bows, and scrolls. Paste stones and foiled gemstones were popular due to advancements in glass technology.
  • Late Georgian (Neoclassical) Period (1780-1837): Jewelry was influenced by the Neoclassical movement, featuring designs inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. Cameos, intaglios, and classical motifs like laurel wreaths and acanthus leaves were common.
Victorian Jewelry
Victorian Jewelry
Victorian Jewelry
Victorian Jewelry

Victorian Era (1837-1901)

  • Early Victorian (Romantic) Period (1837-1860): Jewelry embraced sentimental and symbolic motifs, such as hearts, flowers, and bows, often set with gemstones and pearls.
  • Mid-Victorian (Grand) Period (1860-1885): Jewelry designs became more elaborate and incorporated darker gemstones like garnets and amethysts. Mourning jewelry gained popularity.
  • Late Victorian (Aesthetic) Period (1885-1901): Jewelry embraced naturalistic designs inspired by Japan and the Arts and Crafts movement. Motifs included birds, insects, and oriental themes.
Edwardian Jewelry
Edwardian Jewelry

Edwardian Era (1901-1915):

  • Edwardian jewelry was characterized by elegance, femininity, and the use of platinum. Designs featured intricate lace-like patterns, delicate filigree, and motifs like bows, ribbons, and garlands. Diamonds were the predominant gemstone.
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau (1890-1910)

Art Nouveau jewelry broke away from the formal styles of the past and embraced sinuous lines, organic forms, and nature-inspired motifs like flowers, dragonflies, and flowing hair. René Lalique and Georges Fouquet were prominent designers of this era.

Art Deco Jewelry
Art Deco Jewelry
Art Deco Jewelry

Art Deco (1920-1935)

Art Deco jewelry showcased geometric patterns, bold colors, and a sleek, streamlined aesthetic. Influence was drawn from Cubism, Egyptology, and industrial design. Diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires were frequently used, often in combination with black onyx or coral.

Retro Jewelry
Retro Jewelry

Retro (1935-1950)

Retro jewelry emerged during World War II and reflected a desire for escapism and glamour. Designs were bold, featuring large, oversized pieces with curvaceous and voluminous forms. Gemstones like amethyst, citrine, and aquamarine were popular, often set in yellow or rose gold.
Mid Century Jewelry
Mid Century Jewelry

Mid-Century Modern (1950-1970)

Mid-Century Modern jewelry embraced clean lines, minimalism, and abstraction.Designs were influenced by architectural and industrial elements, and materials like silver and stainless steel gained popularity. Gemstones were often used sparingly, if at all.

Contemporary and Modern Jewelry
Contemporary and Modern Jewelry
Contemporary and Modern Jewelry

Contemporary and Modern Era (1970-Present)

Contemporary jewelry design encompasses a wide range of styles and movements. From bold and avant-garde designs to minimalist and organic forms, jewelry reflects individual artistic expression. Designers experiment with a variety of materials, including unconventional ones like acrylic and recycled materials. Customization, personalization, and sustainability are key trends in modern jewelry. The journey of jewelry design from the Georgian era to the present illustrates the ever-evolving nature of artistic expression in this form of adornment. Each era reflects the cultural, social, and artistic influences of its time, resulting in distinct styles, motifs, and materials. From the ornate elegance of Georgian jewelry to the innovative designs of contemporary jewelry, the evolution showcases the creativity and craftsmanship of designers throughout history. As we continue into the future, jewelry design will undoubtedly continue to evolve, reflecting new inspirations and pushing the boundaries of wearable art.
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Local Shopping Experience

Our business was founded over 55 years ago and still stands in its original location, just a block from L.L. Bean. Our showroom is full of jewelry we have designed and created ourselves and collections from jewelers we deeply trust and admire.

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Cleaning & Repairs

Take this opportunity to fix and clean your jewelry. We are one of the few jewelry stores in Maine to fulfill all types of jewelry repairs on our premises. From ring sizing to chain repair, we can help you make your jewelry wearable and comfortable again.

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Jewelry Care Plan

Taking care of your jewelry goes a long way in maintaining its value with your changing lifestyle. We offer a jewelry care plan for every Engagement Ring in our store. This small initial investment added to your ring purchase is worth a lifetime of care.